Thanks for contacting Ask an Advocate.
Ask an Advocate is an online service for students (and families), faculty and staff of the University of New Hampshire. The purpose of this service is for educating and supporting individuals who seek further information on various topics relating to sexual violence, sexual harassment, relationship abuse, stalking, consent, healthy relationships and being an active bystander. Trained advocates from SHARPP can provide information, support and referrals for survivors of sexual violence, relationship abuse and stalking and their friends, family and allies.
What types of questions are asked?
Any questions relating to sexual violence, sexual Harassment, relationship abuse, stalking, consent, healthy relationships and being an active bystander. Advocates can also answer questions to providing referrals for people who desire further assistance. Here are just a few examples:
“I have a friend that got raped one night at a party. I’ve tried to convince her to reach out for help, but she won’t listen to me. How can I support her when she doesn’t want help?”
“I have a friend who started a relationship. I am noticing that his partner has been verbally abusive towards him. I don’t know how to express my disapproval towards his girlfriend.”
How confidential is Ask an Advocate?
Ask an Advocate is designed to be a one on one exchange between the individual and the advocate. In accordance with SHARPP policies, we will not share the content of this email exchange or your identity outside of SHARPP staff unless legally compelled to do so (for example, if your question includes a report of abuse affecting someone under the age of 18), or if the content includes a legitimate threat to yourself or others.
Questions asked through Ask an Advocate will be answered Monday through Friday between 8:30-4:00 except when the University is officially closed for holidays or weather emergencies. Questions submitted after 4:00 on Friday will be returned the foloowing Monday.
If you need immediate assistance, please call our 24/7 helpline at (603) 862-7233 or (888) 271-7233